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The ancient German region of the Rhineland, gave birth to the family name of Berg. At first, people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in the Rhineland. Among the most common forms of surname found in the Rhineland are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an "eke-name" or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name was derived from the German word "burc," which means a "fortified town." The surname Berg was a name for a person who lived in a town.

Berg Early Origins



The surname Berg was first found in the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Berg Spelling Variations


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Berg Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Berg include Berg, Bergh, Berghe, Bergg, Berge, Bergge, Burg, Burgh and many more.

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Berg Early History


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Berg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berg research. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1716, 1834, and 1842 are included under the topic Early Berg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Berg, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Berg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Christ Berg, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Johan Henrig Berg, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Kasper Berg, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Frederick Berg, who arrived in America in 1709
  • Tiel Berg, who landed in New York in 1709
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Berg, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Fr Berg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Wilh Berg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Balthazar Berg, who landed in Maryland in 1834
  • Belthassar Berg, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Friedrich Berg, aged 50, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Christina Berg, aged 15, landed in America in 1901
  • Adam Berg, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Karolina Berg, aged 9, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Katherina Berg, aged 20, arrived in America in 1901
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berg Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johann Simon Berg, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Cornelius Berg, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Jacob Berg, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Johan Berg, who landed in Manitoba in 1876
  • William Berg, who arrived in Manitoba in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berg (post 1700)



  • Einsley Delmer "Del" Berg (1915-2016), American soldier and union organizer who lived to be 100 years old, veteran of the Spanish Civil War
  • John Hendrickson Berg (1932-2015), American art director who worked at Columbia Records from 1961 to 1985; he designed four Grammy Award-winning album covers: The Barbra Streisand Album (1968), Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1968), Underground (1969), and Chicago X (1977)
  • Morris "Moe" Berg (1902-1972), American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Tony Berg (b. 1954), American guitarist, father of Elizabeth Berg
  • Shelly Berg (b. 1955), American jazz pianist and educator
  • Elizabeth Berg (b. 1986), American singer with The Like, daughter of Tony Berg
  • Paul Berg (b. 1926), American molecular biologist
  • Laura Berg, American softball player
  • Andrea Berg (b. 1981), German volleyball player
  • Alban Berg (1885-1935), Austrian composer, born in Vienna, who studied under Arnold Schoenberg
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Berg


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Suggested Readings for the name Berg



  • The Hans Hanson Berg Family History by Nancy Stout Larson.
  • A Line of Descendants and Ancestors of Josiah Burge (including the Berg Family) a Revolutionary Patriot by Joan A. Hoelaars.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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    The Berg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 July 2016 at 19:05.

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